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Published on 12 Oct 2013 | over 3 years ago

Srinagar, Kashmir, India: Video shows the Shikara (Boat) ride on very popular Dal Lake in Srinagar. Shikara ride is a must do activity for every tourist and is popular the world over, along with the stay in over 1000 House Boats on the lake. Boat passes through Nehru Garden, Floating Market, Village, Vegetable Farms, Lotus Farm, House Boats, and Meena Bazaar. The ride takes at least 1 hour and really very enjoyable.
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Dal lake is mentioned as Mahasarit (Sanskrti-महासरित्) in ancient Sanskrit texts. Ancient history records mention that a village named Isabar to the east of Dal Lake was the residence of goddess Durga. This place was known as Sureshwari on the bank of the lake, which was sourced by a spring called the Satadhara.
During the Mughal period, the Mughal rulers of India designated Kashmir, Srinagar in particular, as their summer resort. They developed the precincts of the Dal lake in Srinagar with sprawling Mughal-type gardens and pavilions as pleasure resorts to enjoy the salubrious cool climate. After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, which led to the disintegration of the Mughal Empire, Pashtun tribes in the area around the lake and city increased, and the Durrani Empire ruled the city for several decades.In 1814 a significant part of the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, was annexed by Raja Ranjit Singh to his kingdom, and the Sikhs grew in influence in the region for 27 years.

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